WELL DONE STEPHEN! Winners of the Prototype Challenge Class in the Daytona 24 hour race. From left, Kenton Koch, South African Stephen Simpson, Misha Goikhberg, and Chris Miller. Image: AP Photo/John Raoux
Miami, Florida - Brazil's Luis Derani took victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona, which also saw runner-up racer Max Angelelli hospitalised.
Derani, a 22-year-old from Sao Paulo, took the checkered flag as the overall winner in a Honda-powered Ligier by 26.166 seconds over Angelelli, a 2005 overall winner, in a Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette.
Derani said: "The last two-and-a-half hours were pretty tough, pretty intense. So to not make any mistakes and increase the gap up to the end was amazing."
Angelelli taken to hospital
Angelelli, 49, stopped the car on the track after crossing the finish line and was treated by medical staff and then taken to a local hospital for observation and evaluation.
Race officials said he was conscious and stable and gave no other details of why he required treatment.
Check out these top 5 epic moments from the race:
1. A spin-out at the worst possible time
Jamie McMurray spins the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Daytona Prototype:
2. This DeltaWing crashing
Nissan DeltaWing driver Andy Meyrick rear-ended a car that had stopped after a yellow flag was issued by the race director.
3. Well done South Africa!
South African racing driver Stephen Simpson helped his team win the Prototype Challenge class in driving the No.85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Chevrolet-powered ORECA FLM 09.
4. Just how close the race was, drivers battling to the very end.
In fact, at the end of the 24 hours of racing the No.4 Corvette beat its sister car (No.3) to GTLM victory by 0.034 seconds!
Watch the photo finish:
5. These two Lamborghinis crashing into each other
11 hours into the race and tragedy struck for two Lamborghini's as Bryce Miller in the No.48 Paul Miller Racing collided with Justin Marks in the No.16 Change Racing car while battling for the lead in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.
According to Motorsport.com , the duo collided just before of Turn 1, sliding across the infield grass and pit lane to impact the inside wall.